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Shipboard electrical modifications.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year, we have surveyed twenty-seven submarines. During each survey, we have noted an alarming trend. Sailors have been making illegal modifications to 110vac junction boxes in berthing. An example is shown:

These types of modifications raise several questions:

* Is the modification in accordance with ship's drawings?

* Who granted permission for the modification?

* What safety precautions were taken to accomplish this illegal modification?

* Why didn't zone inspections find this illegal modification?

* Are more 110vac outlets needed?

If the command determines that more 110vac outlets are needed to accommodate electronic devices for the crew, submit documentation to the planning yard for the next availability or maintenance period. Ask your squadron for help. Do not allow Sailors to take this task upon themselves to accomplish what they think is the correct answer.
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Date:Apr 1, 2001
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